According to an Iraqi MP, the meeting of the Saudi Minister Delegate for the Persian Gulf Countries with the leader of the Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi People’s Mobilization Units) in Baghdad is a sign of Riyadh’s recognition of the Hashd al-Shaabi.
Hassan Fadham, a member of the parliamentary fraction “Reform and Construction”, said that the meeting in Baghdad of Saudi Minister Delegate Thamer al-Sabhan with the leader of the Hashd al-Shaabi, Faleh al-Fayadh, would show that Riyadh is ready to open a new page in its relations with Iraq, Sputnik reported.
Describing the Saudi Minister’s meeting with Faleh al-Fayadh as “positive”, the Iraqi MP said that Saudi Arabia’s decision to strengthen its ties with Iraq would be a sign of Riyadh’s recognition of the uselessness of its counter-productive political approach towards Baghdad.
“Saudi Arabia has great interests in Iraq, but Saudi leaders must respect Iraqi sovereignty and its independence,” said Hassan Fadham.
He added: “The Saudi Minister’s meeting with Faleh al-Fayadh means Saudi Arabia’s recognition of the Hashd al-Shaabi, especially since the Saudi government has already invited Faleh al-Fayadh to visit Riyadh. »
The Saudi Minister Delegate for the countries of the Persian Gulf arrived last Wednesday in Baghdad at the head of an economic delegation, just after the visit of the Iranian President, Hassan Rohani, to Iraq. According to some sources, the Saudi delegation’s trip to Baghdad was a reaction by Saudi Arabia to the signing of important economic and trade memoranda of understanding between Iran and Iraq during President Rohani’s visit to Baghdad.
A former Saudi Arabian ambassador to Baghdad, Thamer al-Sabhan was expelled by the Iraqi government in 2016 for his hostile positions against the Hachd al-Chaabi at a time when Iraq was in the midst of a struggle against the terrorist group Daech. Baghdad accused him of interfering in its internal affairs.